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Lichens of KELT’s Thorne Head Preserve- August 30

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Thorne Head Preserve, High Street (north end), Bath, Maine

For more information: 207-442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/summer-explorations-2

Join KELT to discover the lichens of Thorne Head Preserve

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s (KELT) celebrates lichens at its fourth Summer Exploration on August 30. At Thorne Head Preserve in Bath, learn to identify common lichen species and how they benefit the forest from 10am to noon with Maine Master Naturalist Volunteers Becky Kolak and Dr. Fred Cichocki.

Lichens are an organism made up of fungi and algae (or cyanobacteria). The harmonious relationship between the two allows lichens to grow in a vast array of environments from arctic tundra to rainforests to the mixed woodland of KELT’s own Thorne Head Preserve. Deceivingly simple and found on tree trunks and branches, bare rock, and exposed soil, lichens will amaze seasoned and budding naturalists with their hidden complexities.

A rain or shine event, the program is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged and any questions can be directed to Becky Kolak at 442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org. This program was generously sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Trust.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It maintains nine preserves for public enjoyment and has protected over 2,500 acres of land since founding in 1989. FMI visit www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.

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